Friday, April 10, 2009

this is spring...

New buds...new growth...for those of you who still have snow...here's some garden images to appease your spring fever...

I have been so bad about blogging...there just hasn't been time. I am leaving soon for several weeks...and there is a lot to be done before I go.
But today...on the heels of an April shower I walked through my garden to see what was showing its colors.


Recently I bought some new camera equipment for my Canon 5D digital camera and these shots were taken with my 50 mm F/1.4 lens. It's a prime lens (not a zoom).


One of my favorite things is bokeh...
Definition: a Japanese term for the subjective aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas of a photographic image



Do you have spring fever yet?

I wanted to let you know if you are wanting to improve your digital photography there's a couple of really good books written by photographer Scott Kelby. He's easy to read...his books are easy to comprehend...his digital photography is awesome and he's funny...So if you or someone you know is interested in becoming a better digital photographer and learning some really interesting stuff in plain English without all the technical doodah...check it out. He's got 2 books out and another one out soon...
Here's links to his books...
The Digital Photography Book
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 2
The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3

14 comments:

Tiglizzyclone said...

Wonderful photos of flowers! I have been taking a lot of digital pictures lately. Thanks for telling us about Scott Kelby, and his books! Have a safe journey wherever you are going!

wburgcanchaser said...

I left early this morning to shoot the moonset. The full moon didn't seem that spectacular and there was a bit of cloud cover from the storm you are sending this way. But the sunrise was warm and glowing and provided nice lighting to work with some of the desert fauna in bloom. I work with canon also. Have you ever tried a lens baby? I love it. Do you or anyone out there know anything about the Carlsbad Flower Farm? Is it worth a trip to shoot? Will they let you walk among the flowers?

Where ever you go, I hope you have a wonderful time. Getting ready to leave is always the hardest part. Take pics and I hope you share :)

CB

ac said...

Yes...I have shot photos at the Carlsbad Flower Farm...It is fantastic when the ranunculus are in bloom...a carpet of flowers as far as you can see...
In fact...the photograph on the front of the newest Pasticcio Quartz - Issue 6 was taken there at the flower farm while walking among the flowers...You can see the cover in the right sidebar.
Definitely worth the trip south to see it.

I'll be filling you in on where I am headed soon...

scb said...

Thank you, Angela!!! You are a sweetheart -- this is just what I needed. These pictures are food for the soul! Last night I posted a yearning-for-spring post (Oh to be in England now that April's there...) and you must have heard my wishes over the miles.

Take care of yourself, and have a good time wherever you're going.

(And thanks for the tips on photography, as well! I'm just getting acquainted with my digital camera, and I'm looking forward to the moment when there are flowers here to pose for me!)

wburgcanchaser said...

Thanks so much! That seals it. Canon is offering a macro workshop there. They usually let you experiment with their equipment. I will be over :) Yahoo! Great cover. AND I got my spliced article, I'm loving it and experimenting. Thanks.
Looking forward to hearing about your adventures and thanks.
CB
ps It's pouring cats and dogs here in AZ this morning and our Sedona track meet was even canceled. A little bit of weather and everything shuts down :)

Lynette said...

Love the flower photos! Thank you for the info about digital photography. A few weeks ago I decided that I want to get a good digital camera soon and take a digital photography class so your post has really been helpful. What digital camera would be best for just starting out in a beginner class? I will also definitely check out the Scott Kelby books you recommended. Hope you have a safe trip.

James said...

I have been wondering how to describe my life sometimes . Thanks for the great new word.
Bokeh, that explains it very well.

Joy said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say how much I admire your talent which I've seen in the Somerset publications.

ac said...

Lynette: I would suggest a Canon Rebel as a first camera that delivers...

Wburgcanchaser: I have a Lens Baby on my wishlist...so Holga like...and I LOVE the Holga look...

James: You always make me laugh...thanx

sjmcdowell said...

Hi Angela, I love looking at your flowers, the Fiddle heads are so interesting and I have heard they are good to eat as well!
Where ever your journey takes you may it be a safe and happy one...with many wonderful camera shot moments!!
Your friend,
Susan in Georgia!!

Lynette said...

Thanks Angela for the camera suggestion. I bought one of Scott Kelby's books last weekend. I really like this book. He's so funny and I really like the photo recipes in the back. What a great book for the beginning digital photographer!

Kathy Rainwater said...

I love photography and flowers - your work is just stunning...thank you for sharing it!

BTW, loved the video, too! Just had to sing along =)

rebecca woodward said...

Oh my...these are absolutely beautiful shots Angela. Your photography always draws me in, I find myself getting lost in it. Thank you for sharing -- thank you for your gracious heart.

Scott Kelby is awesome! I'm a big fan.

Have a great trip...

rebecca woodward ~ justgiddy

ann h said...

Your flowers are beautiful.Have a wonderful trip.